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What you need:

340g sliced smoked salmon or smoked trout
100g cream cheese
200ml carton crème fraîche
Finely grated zest of 1 lime and the juice of 2 limes
2 ripe avocados
Small handful of chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
Crackers or grissini, to serve

What you do:

To prepare:

To prepare:

Put 285g smoked salmon in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese, crème fraîche and zest and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whizz until really smooth. Transfer the salmon mousse to a bowl, cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Halve and stone the avocados. Scoop the avocado flesh out into a food processor (ideally a mini one), add the juice of the remaining lime and the chopped coriander and season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whizz until really smooth. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Fill 6 shot glasses three-quarters full with the salmon mousse. Smooth the surface, then top with a neat layer of the avocado mixture. Place on a tray, cover with a large sheet of cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To serve:

Remove the salmon mousses from the fridge 10 minutes before serving them. Cut the remaining smoked salmon into thin strips, then roughly fold them and place on top of each mousse. Top each with a coriander leaf and serve with crackers or grissini to spread with salmon and guacamole mousses.

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What you need:

1 litre vegetable stock or cold water
250g polenta or coarse maize
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fig and red onion relish
75g goat’s cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)

Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.

Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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What you need:

1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp. flour
one-half cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 cup Plain Yoghurt
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Melt butter in pan, add flour and stir in broth & curry powder. Cook until it thickens, stirring constantly. Then slowly add the yoghurt.
Season and serve hot.

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What you need:

For the goose
1 x 5kg/11lb oven-ready goose
1 onion, peeled and quartered
3 bay leaves, plus extra for garnish
3 small red apples (such as Cox or Discovery), cut in half horizontally
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
For the stock
goose giblets
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped into 2cm/¾in pieces
1 celery stick, chopped into roughly 2cm/¾ pieces
2 bay leaves
small bunch fresh thyme
For the apple and sage stuffing
2 tbsp goose fat (reserved from cooking the goose)
2 onions, finely chopped
1 medium-sized cooking apple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus extra sage leave to garnish
1 goose liver (optional)
100g/3½oz fresh white breadcrumbs
500g/1lb 2oz good-quality sausage meat
For the cider gravy
2 heaped tbsp plain flour
300ml/10fl oz giblet stock (see above)
250ml/9fl oz dry cider

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6.
Place the goose on a rack over a large sturdy roasting tin and prick with a skewer a few times down each side just below the wing. Season the goose well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Put the quartered onion and 3 bay leavers into the goose body cavity and cover the legs with folded triangles of foil. Roast the goose for one hour, then take it out of the oven and put on a board. Carefully drain the fat from the roasting tin into a large heatproof bowl.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.

Cook the goose for another hour, removing the foil after 30 minutes so the legs can brown. (If your goose is very fatty, you may need to remove it from the oven and drain the fat one more time during the last hour of cooking.)

To test when the goose is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer, then press the skewer against the leg and check the juices that run out. When the goose is cooked, the juices should run clear.
Remove the goose from the oven and transfer to a warmed serving platter. Cover loosely with foil and a couple of dry tea towels. Leave to rest for 25-30 minutes.

Increase the oven temperature to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7.

Meanwhile, for the stock and stuffing, separate the liver from the rest of the giblets. Pat dry on kitchen paper and cut into small pieces, discarding any sinew or damaged parts. Put in a small bowl, cover and chill until ready to use.

Put the rest of the giblets into a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrots, celery stick, bay leaves, thyme and seasoning. Pour over 1 litre/1¾ pints water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1¼ hours. Cover with a lid for the final 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a measuring jug.

For the stuffing: heat two tablespoons of the reserved fat in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the onions for five minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Scatter the apple into the pan with the onion and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, or until lightly carameslised. Add the goose liver and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until browned. Place the mixture into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Stir in the breadcrumbs, sausage meat and sage to the onions, apple and liver once cooked. Season with lots of salt and pepper and mix well. Grease a 20cm x 30cm/8in x 12in shallow baking tin with a little more of the reserved goose fat. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Cover and chill until ready to bake.

Place the eating apples alongside the stuffing balls. Brush the cut-side of each apple with a little more oil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the stuffing is golden-brown and cooked through.

For the gravy: hold the roasting tin with a dry tea towel at one end, so all the cooking juices run to the corner. Remove as much of the goose fat as possible,
Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Slowly stir in the cider and the goose stock. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly and scraping up the sediment from the bottom of the pan. Pour into a saucepan and return to a simmer, stirring with a whisk to break up any floury lumps. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally then season with plenty of salt and pepper. Strain though a fine sieve into a warmed jug.

Remove the tea towel and foil from the goose. Place the apples around the goose and garnish with a few sage or bay leaves. Serve the stuffing and gravy with the goose at the table.

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What you need:

25g butter
1 onion, sliced
½ tsp salt
150ml double cream
1 bay leaf
6 cloves , whole
75g white breadcrumbs
300ml milk
1 pinch black pepper , freshly ground
1 pinch nutmeg , grated

What you do:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a low heat for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, cream, bay leaf, and cloves, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow to stand for 20 minutes, so the flavours have time to infuse. (This can be prepared ahead and left to infuse, or the complete sauce can be made in advance. Cover the surface of the sauce with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to use, remove cling film and gently reheat).

Discard the bay leaf and cloves, then pour the onion mixture into a food processor, and blend to a smooth purée. If you do not have a food processor, very finely chop the onion instead of slicing.

Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a pan, and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 5–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to make a smooth, thickened sauce. (If you feel the sauce is too thick, then add a little more milk.)

Stir in the onion purée, season to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with nutmeg.

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What you need:

4 tuna steaks (about 1 1/2” thick)
Zest & Juice from one lime (or lemon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chili paste
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

What you do:

Mix together all the marinate ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Put the tuna steaks into the Marinate mix(inside the bag) making sure they are all coated, & leave in there  for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator (remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking).

Heat pan on medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the 2nd side (cover to reduce splattering). Tuna will be cooked about ¼” around, and rare in middle, or cook a little longer to be ‘well done’ .

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What you need:

1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
1 onion, quartered
2 1/2 cups vegetables (baby corn, capsicum, beans, carrot, cabbage), chopped into bite sized pieces
1 tsp light soya sauce
2 tsps vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsps tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mixed in 1 cup water)
salt to taste
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds/til
1 1/2 tbsps sesame oil or peanut oil

What you do:

Par boil carrots, beans, baby corn in 3 cups of boiling water and pinch of salt for 3 mts. Turn off heat, strain and cool.

Heat a tbsp of sesame oil in a large wok, once the oil is piping hot, add half of the crushed garlic and ginger paste and stir fry for a few seconds.

Add the chopped spring onion whites and stir for half a mt. Add the par boiled as well as the rest of the other vegetables and stir fry on high for 4-5 mts, constantly tossing them. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and keep aside.

In the same wok, add 2 tsps of oil, add remaining crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and vinegar. Combine well.

Add the cornflour mixture and cook stirring continuously till the sauce turns thick and turn off heat.

At the time of serving, mix in the stir fried vegetables and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

Serve hot with noodles or fried rice.

 

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What you need:

3lb  whole chicken ( or breasts)

small onions

4 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

2 oz /50 g  butter

8 oz /227 g button mushrooms

8 oz /225 g  peeled tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

3 fl oz / 75 ml  dry vermouth or white wine

1 bouquet garni

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Prepare the chicken by cutting into portions ie. 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks,2 wings and 2 breasts cut in halves.

Peel the onions, leave them whole.

Peel and finely chop the shallots.

Melt the butter in a large  saucepan and add the olive oil.

Add the chicken pieces to the pan and brown on both sides.

Add the onions and shallots to brown them a little.

Remove them from the heat, add the vermouth or white wine and ignite with a match.

As the flames die down, add the bouquet garni, the bay leaf and season to taste.

Drain the tomatoes, and chop roughly.

Add the tomato juices to the pan and place the lid on.

Cook for about 1 hour.

Trim the mushrooms and add to the pan with the chopped tomatoes.

Cook for a further 30 minutes until the it is cooked and the juices have thickened.

Just before serving, sprinkle the top with the chopped parsley.

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What you need:

4 (6 oz) cod fish fillets
3 tbsp olive oil
salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp salt

What you do:

Lightly oil your grill then heat.
Brush fillets with 1 tbsp of the oil, season with salt and black pepper to taste then  grill the fish until done around 8-10 minutes.

Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a small frying pan over high heat, add cumin, coriander and red pepper; cook until fragrant, 45 seconds; add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds.

Transfer spice mixture to a medium-sized bowl; add tomatoes, orange juice and salt to taste; stir gently to combine.

Top the hot fish with tomato mixture.

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What you need:

2 3/4 pounds pumpkin or butternut squash, halved and seeded
1 onion, peeled and quartered through the stem
2 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps wiped clean
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock

What you do:

Preheat oven to 230C / 450F /gas mark 8

Cut pumpkin into 2-inch pieces. Combine pumpkin, onion, mushrooms, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and 2 teaspoons salt; toss to coat, then spread in a single layer. Roast until pumpkin is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing vegetables halfway through. Let cool, then remove skins.

Transfer vegetables to a medium saucepan; heat over medium. Pour in 2 cups stock; puree with a blender until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add remaining 3 cups stock, and puree until smooth. Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
Cover to keep warm.

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